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Welcome to Doodlecat, where we enjoy the pleasures of life (with a slight bias towards the outdoors). This page is regularly updated with news and views plus information about any additions or changes to the various parts of the site. It acts as Doodlecat’s Blog too, so the odd rant considered opinion may pop up from time to time.

I would love to be able to say that Doodlecat is all my own work, but it isn’t. Much of the outdoors content is courtesy of the splendid people who participate in the annual TGO Challenge (there is a section entirely devoted to this unique event) and many others.

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Friday, May 8, 2009

They're Off!

The TGO Challenge started this morning, and over the next 24 hours some 360 disparate (and seeing the weather, possibly desperate) souls will be launching themselves into the highlands of Scotland. There are a few bloggers amongst them who will be reporting as technology permits - the most successful at the moment seem to be Sue and Martin Banfield with their usual professionally crafted posts.

Coming up with more 'live news' will be Darren Christie, Alan Sloman and no doubt a few more whose links I'll add as they arise.

The forecast for today is for high winds and rain with freezing temperatures and snow on the tops - so the high pressure and calmer weather later in the week should be very welcome. But even in the rain Scotland can look just magical - I took the picture below on my 2003 Challenge as I left Barrisdale in pouring rain. Later on I saw an otter in the loch at Kinloch Hourn.

Rainstorm over Barrisdale BayRain over Barrisdale

All the best of good luck and fine walking to this year's TGO challengers.

Update 9th May: I knew I'd forgotten someone - Mick & Gayle are blogging as they go, and off to a flying start in spite of the weather. No news from Darren Christie, though, which is unexpected given his multiple communication devices. Hope your batteries aren't flat already Big D!

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